Home  ›  Glossary  ›


(Service Provider)

Wireless carriers - also called wireless service providers or mobile network operators (MNOs) - are the companies that operate the wireless networks and sell use of those networks (the service).

The network consists of antennas linked to base stations (commonly called "towers"), and infrasructure linking them. The service is simply allowing customers to access the network, typically billed by the minute.

Some carriers offer flat-rate plans. Still others, called MVNOs, do not own a network.


"Carrier" can also refer generally to the radio waves "carrying" the signal, or specifically to a small part of a frequency band.

Still confused? Spot a mistake? Give us your feedback on this definition.

back to Glossary Index

Subscribe to Phone Scoop News with RSS Follow @phonescoop on Twitter Phone Scoop on Facebook Subscribe to Phone Scoop on YouTube Follow on Instagram


All content Copyright 2001-2021 Phone Factor, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Content on this site may not be copied or republished without formal permission.